WM names Driver and Operator of the Year

Employees come from Antelope Valley Hauling
and Model City Landfill

Houston – As is done every year, Waste Management held a special award ceremony during its
quarterly town hall to recognize the top drivers and operators of 2013. After a long process of
reviewing submissions from across the company, Safety Services selected nine finalists — four
drivers and five operators — representing the best of the best.

On Feb. 18, they met in Houston to be honored by members of the senior leadership team,
including CEO David Steiner and COO Jim Trevathan, as well as corporate office employees.

“We have about 21,000 drivers and operators throughout the company,” Trevathan said. “Out of
all of those employees, nine are with us here today. That shows the level these nine are working at.”

While each employee was uniquely qualified, there could only be one winner for each category.
Those honors went to:

Driver of the Year – Jorge Barragan. An employee since 1992, Barragan was a vital partner and
coach during the implementation of onboard computers in 2012, DriveCam in Feb. 2013 and most
recently the SDO certification in Oct. 2013.

Operator of the Year – Tim Morgan. An employee with 36 years of experience, he operates all types
of heavy equipment, including dozers, rollers, backhoes, fork lifts and roll off trucks — all with an
outstanding safety record.

Congratulations to each of the winners . All finalists received a one-of-a-kind wristwatch, while the two
winners received a customized ring. See the sidebar for a full listing of nominees.

 

Drivers

Operators

 

Jorge Barragan – winner

Antelope Valley Hauling

Palmdale, Calif.

Experience: 22 years

 

 

Tim Morgan – winner

Model City Landfill

Model City, N.Y.

Experience: 36 years

 

 

Gregg Handt

Green Bay Hauling

Green Bay, Wis.

Experience: 32 years

 

 

Janine Burns

Cambridge Recycling Center

Cambridge, Ont.

Experience: 25 years

 

 

Dennis Burrell

Jackson Hauling

Jackson, Miss.

Experience: 32 years

 

 

David Podolski

Chicopee Landfill

Chicopee, Mass.

Experience: 43 years

 

 

Ken Divoll

Rochester Hauling

Rochester, N.Y.

Experience: 23 years

 

 

Donald Spink

Outer Loop Landfill

Louisville, Ky.

Experience: 24 years

 

 

 

David Jones

Magnolia Landfill

Monroe, La.

Experience: 14 years